Asaf Rashid is a Halifax-based immigration, criminal defence and prison lawyer, and covers other areas on a case by case basis. He also offers notary services.
He grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he graduated from law school, but has also spent substantial time in Toronto and Calgary.
While based in Halifax, Asaf can take cases in other parts of the province, depending on availability. He offers services in English, but can also speak some Spanish and will have the availability of translation services if needed. While Asaf focuses on the above subjects, he can also take on matters in other areas based on his experience, including: social benefits, human rights, residential tenancies, student discipline, and provincial offence and municipal bylaw tickets.
Asaf has a history as a community organizer, who has fought for years alongside low income and working people for housing, better working conditions, to stay in Canada and against discrimination. Years prior to embarking on his legal career, he worked as a director /campaigns coordinator of the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group, which included campaigns in support of a Black community to fight for the closure and cleanup of a landfill placed in their community, for migrants in their struggles to enjoy the rights and dignity of Canadians, and justice for working people struggling to survive with growing economic inequality.
For his articles, Asaf worked at Calgary Legal Guidance (CLG), a legal services organization in Calgary that provides crucial legal services to Calgary's poorest and most vulnerable people. There, he gained experience assisting clients in immigration and refugee law, criminal defence, residential tenancies, social benefits, and family law. Additionally, he learned to work with clients facing complicated mental health and addictions challenges.
Asaf is dedicated to helping clients effectively confront their legal challenges. He takes to heart the importance of empowerment of his clients, working to ensure, to the best of his ability that his clients understand the legal challenges they are facing so that they can provide him with instructions that meet their goals. He is dedicated to a client-centred approach.
In order to make his services more affordable fees more predictable, Asaf will favour flat fees, which he will decide based on the initial consultation. He can take credit card payments and can make payment plans available where appropriate. He will do his part for access to justice by considering a number of options for very low income clients: limited service agreements (Asaf does part of the work and the client does or arranges for the other part to be done), discounts or pro bono work if Asaf is in the position to do so.